Some of the students of Greenfield University Kaduna, who escaped being whisked away by bandits during an invasion of the institution on April 21, have said they would have all been kidnapped.
They spoke at the funeral of Dorathy Yohanna, who was abducted but later killed by the bandits.
A 200-level International Relations student, Jesse Jakiri, at the funeral, which held at the ECWA Goodnews Church, Narayi High Cost Kaduna, said: “We hid ourselves on top of the wardrobe of our hostel to avoid being kidnapped when the bandits stormed our school.”
He described the attack as traumatic for students and the university community, stating “the bandits shot sporadically to the air and went from one room to the other in search of students to carry away.
“It was around 8:30pm, we were in the hostel when we heard gunshots. We then came out to see what was happening only for us to see our porter dragging door with the bandits.
“That was when they shot him on the leg, he left the door and they went inside and shot him on the chest.
“We were there wondering what was happening, rushed into our rooms and locked the door and climbed the wardrobe to hide ourselves, about three of us.
“Meanwhile, there was this door that many students ran into, that was the one the bandits attacked, broke the door and picked some students.
“After the incident, we came out when we heard soldiers came in to our rescue. It was then we discovered that they broke into the girls’ hostel and went away with all the girls. They would have gone with all of us too.”
Lemuel Adamu, 200 level student of Cyber Security, who also escaped the attack, said he and three of his friends had to hide inside the wardrobe for almost an hour before they came out.
“The bandits came knocking on our door and asked us to open the door but we maintained silence and hide inside the wardrobe, three of us. After some persistence, they went away,” he said.
The operation, according to him, lasted for about 45minutes to one hour before the military came and asked them to come out.
The bandits abducted 16 females and six males with demand of N800m ransom after the operation.
So far, five of the students have been killed by the bandits who threatened to kill more if ransom is not paid accordingly.